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  1. dmcb101

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    Has anyone else observed the Lead tape on Del Po's racquet on the front cover of Tennis Magazine? It looks as though he has a similar set up to what pete had for lead tape in terms of length. Let me know what you all think about this.
     
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  3. VGP

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    I think he leads up his frames....
     
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  4. beckham

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    I believe many Pro's use a similar set up.

    As you mentioned, del Potro:
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    Haas:
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    Berdych:
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    Sharapova:
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    I'm sure there are also others, many are under CAP grommets and such.
     
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  5. VGP

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    I remember someone posted a photo of one of Andy Murray's smashed rackets. You could see a good amount of lead placed under the CAP grommets.....
     
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    Expanding on your post.

    Pictures Courtesy of Priority 1

    Stanislas Wawrinka's Racquet W/ lead
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    Others (I'm assuming its a joke, but you get the idea)
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  7. dmcb101

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    yeah i think alot of pro's do it too. I have 3 K Blade Tours and I put some lead at 3' and 9' but the strips are only 4 inches long. it looks like delpos as well as others are at least twice that length. Does any one have an opinion as to what would be better; 2 layers of 4 inch lead on both sides of the grommets, or, 1 layer of lead on each side of the grommets at 8 inches. i know that it would prob spread out the area in which the lead would effect but otherwise I really like the lead more concentrated at 3' and 9'. I basically recreated my own PWS
     
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  8. Alan_Hill

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    So it became more head heavy? Do they need counterbalance ?
     
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  9. dmcb101

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    im not sure if they counterbalance, but i did not. my k blade tour is pretty head light so adding 8 grams of lead did not change the balance that much; it sure did change the way the racquet hit though, much more plow through especially on off center or top of the racquet hits. i think that it the only problem with the k blade tour, the lack of pop on off center and top of the racquet hits, but with the lead that is totally taken care of
     
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  10. Buzzcow

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    Wow...Ironman!
     
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  11. jemsiter

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    LOL... that Babolat weights a ton
     
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  12. jwbarrientos

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    Hey beckham,

    Nice pics, How many oz do those racquets weight? 400/600/700 grs :)
     
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    they all add lots of lead. Even Stepanek adds ton of lead to his racket and his racket is CUSTOM made from scratch....lol
     
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    No...it isn't made from scratch. All Bosworth frames are exactly the same to start with. They have a base frame (in multiple colors) that they then customize with lead - the amount and placement of that lead is how they customize it for each client and for Stepanek.
     
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    The Babolat weights in at 1.001kg, 2.2068lbs, 35.309235912oz, or 1001grams.
     
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    Added about 6 inches of lead tape at the same spot to may Dunlop Aerogel 100and wow, what a difference it makes in stability. Should have done it a long time ago.
     
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  17. Aces09

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    on a different note, this is probably one of the best tennis magazine issues i've ever read, pretty much all the articles were great, where I usually skim over most of the stuff I found it all very interesting and engaging.
     
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  18. paulorenzo

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    plus one. great issue.
     
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  19. dmcb101

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    yeah i thought so too. I especially liked the article about the string tension of various pro's. I could not believe how low Fed strings his racquets at. When you compare that to Pete its like night and day. I wonder why he does it that way?
     
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  20. Aces09

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    i would like to hit with that Purestorm ltd racquet, but I'm sure it weighs like 19oz. Insane.
    Nobody needs a racquet that heavy, no skill level, no style of play. But that's just my opinion.
     
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